Public Administration

Public Administration

Word Administration is inalienably associated with everyone who aspires to become IAS. And ‘Public Administration’ is all about what is administration and how it works. It is the dream of Administration theorized in academic subject. Almost every aspirant of Civil Services realizes this fact. It has many other features which makes it the most successful optional subject of the era. These features are:

1. It is scoring and interesting

2. It has a very short syllabus

3. It is more conceptual and less mugging required

4. In ‘New Pattern’ it covers 50-55% of the G.S.

5. One of the topics of Essay always cover P.A.

6. In Interview it has very extensive relevance

Scoring 60% marks in Public Administration is not very difficult provided the line of preparation is correct. Paper-I of the optional subject covers the theory part. So this part is relevant as focus remains on conceptual aspects which can be applied in different administrative setting. Paper-II of the optional subject covers entirely Indian Administration. Starting from the ‘Evolution of the Indian Administration’ to ‘Significant issues in Indian Administration’ the Paper-II gives an overview of the administration of which an aspirant becomes a part in his real administrative career. Therefore this part is very interesting and thought provoking for every aspirant. 16 out of 20 topics in G.S.-II, 8 out of 20 topics in G.S.-III and 6 out of 8 topics in G.S.-IV are subject matter of Public Administration. Hence, P.A. as a subject makes preparation of General Studies very easy and also saves time. It helps in overcoming competition which has been increasing every year with leaps and bounds.

Coverage of following G.S. Topics in PUBLIC ADMIN
General Studies – II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and IR.
1. Indian Constitution-historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure

2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

5. Parliament and State Legislates-structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the judiciary Ministries and Department of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

8. Appointment to various Constitutions posts, power, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

9. Statutory, regulatory and various queasy-judicial bodies.

10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issue arising out of their design and implementation.

11. Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various group and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

12. Welfare sachems for vulnerable sections of the population by the Center and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

13. Issues relating to development and management of social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance – applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

16. Role civil services in a democracy.

General Studies – III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
1. Government Budgeting.

2. Disaster and disaster management.

3. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

4. Role of external state and non-state actors in crating challenges to internal security.

5. Challenges to internal Security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

6. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

7. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

General Studies – IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude:
1. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-section.

2. Emotional intelligence – concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

3. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

4. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

5. Probity in Governance: Concept of Public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; information sharing and transparency in government, Right to information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

6. Cases Studies on above issues.